Popular Prize | European Inventor Award 2021

Congratulations to Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic!

Winner of the Popular Prize 2021

Congratulations to

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic (RS)

Advances in tissue engineering

The finalists

Fifteen inventors or inventor teams from around the world have been nominated for this year’s Popular Prize.

They are in five categories: Industry, Lifetime achievement, Non-EPO countries, SMEs and Research.

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  • Per Gisle Djupesland (NO)

    Norway
    Better nasal drug delivery
  • Christoph Gürtler, Walter Leitner and team (DE)

    Germany
    Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics
  • Jan van der Tempel (NL)

    Netherlands
    Safe transfer to and from offshore platforms
  • Marco Donolato and team (DK)

    Denmark
    Magnetic nanoparticles to diagnose disease
  • Robert Grass (AT) and Wendelin Stark (CH)

    Switzerland
    DNA-based data storage
  • Mathias Fink and Mickael Tanter (FR)

    France
    Ultrasound imaging method using shear waves
  • Bo Pi and Yi He (CN)

    China
    Live fingerprint sensors for greater security
  • Kim Lewis and Slava S. Epstein (US)

    United States of America
    Tools to cultivate microbes
  • Sumita Mitra (US)

    United States of America
    Restoring smiles with nanomaterials
  • Carmen Hijosa (ES)

    Spain
    Turning pineapple leaves into a sustainable alternative to leather
  • Ben Kibel and Pete Kibel (UK)

    United Kingdom
    Fishing hook cover to save seabirds
  • Henrik Lindström and Giovanni Fili (SE)

    Sweden
    Flexible solar cells for portable devices
  • Metin Colpan (DE)

    Germany
    Efficient tools to analyse nucleic acids
  • Karl Leo (DE)

    Germany
    Advances in organic semiconductors
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic (RS)

    Serbia
    Advances in tissue engineering
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Metin Colpan (DE)
Efficient tools to analyse nucleic acids

About the invention

For almost four decades, this inventor has developed tools that aid scientists in fields ranging from disease diagnosis to forensics, and food safety to pharmaceutical therapies. His inventions have been the driving force behind a successful company that now employs over 5 300 people worldwide.

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